How Might Playing Video Games Affect Blood Pressure And Pulse Rate?


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Oscar De La Huerte Profile
Video games can affect your blood pressure and pulse rate by either stimulating you or calming you down.

Here's a slightly more detailed explanation:

How video games affect pulse rate I don't know if every one gets as irate and panicky about video games as I do, but the fact is that when we play video games- our brain almost reacts as if we were actually in the game.

If you've ever played a high-speed racing game or a first-person shooter, you'll know just how easy it can be to forget that you're actually just sitting in front of a TV.

Adrenaline is the main substance associated with brain activity under these circumstances, and is responsible for the racing pulse and heart beat that gamers experience.

It is released because the brain reacts to the 'danger' in games in much the same way it would react to a danger in real life - by pumping adrenaline into your system to make you more efficient at fighting or escaping.

Whilst this is all solid proof of how games affect our pulse rate, the link to blood pressure is slightly less straightforward.

Affects of video games on blood pressure

Whilst you'd think increased adrenaline and heart rate would automatically mean higher blood pressure, this is not necessarily true.

A study by Susan J. Stahlman found that heart rate in a test group of 11 to 18 year olds remained unchanged.

However, whether adrenaline and stress has a longer term affect on gamers is unknown.

The final point I'd make is that, it can be easy to think of video games as high-octane entertainment, but there are also plenty of video games out there that have a calming affect on the player.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It causes adrenaline.  Adrenaline is "fight or flight" mode.  So when you are playing the games you get excited, mad, and distracted.  All these things affect your adrenaline. 

Adrenaline raises your blood pressure and heart rate.  It does this because it is your body's way of trying to protect itself.  Hence the name "Fight or Flight."
Karl Sagan Profile
Karl Sagan answered

Of course, it has an effect, that's why we play videogames. Sadly, games are getting more and more expensive and this trend pisses me off. I like playing videogames but wasting tons of money is not what I want to. At least there are some websites where you can download Full Game PC for free, that's the only option for people like me, who don't have much spare money to waste on games.

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